Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012

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The Roald Dahl Funny Prize ran from 2008 to 2013, with the aims of promoting laughter and humour as a feel-good factor when reading, drawing attention to funny books as readable and enjoyable books, and rewarding authors and illustrators who write and illustrate books using humour. The Prize is currently on pause.

A book about a dark lord who unwillingly inhabits the body of a chubby teenager has cast its evil spell over this year’s Roald Dahl Funny Prize judges. Dark Lord: Teenage Years by Brighton-based games developer Jamie Thomson, conquered the competition to seize the winners prize for the funniest book for children aged seven to fourteen.
 
Equally terrifying is a book about a toddler terrorising her mother and everybody around her with her tantrums. My Big Shouting Day by Cambridge based author/illustrator Rebecca Patterson has stomped its way to victory in the six and under category.
 
Both winners received £2,500, which will be presented at an awards ceremony at the Unicorn Theatre in London. This year is the fifth year of the Prize which celebrates the funniest books for children.

Broadcaster and Roald Dahl Funny Prize judge Mel Giedroyc comments:


It's been a sheer honour and joy for me to be on the judging panel for the 2012 Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Dark Lord: Teenage Years is a worthy winner - it's funny-clever as well as funny-silly, which in my book is the best combination. I say 'in my book', I don't mean that I had a book in the shortlist. That would be very unfair, to be judging books, one of which I'd actually written. Let me just make that clear, that did not happen. Long live comedy and funny books - they give you crows' feet but they reassure you that life is worth living!!

This year’s Prize saw schools across the country involved in the judging process. Over 500 pupils from across the UK were selected to read the shortlisted titles, discuss with their classmates, and pick their favourite funny book in the relevant category for their age. Their votes were combined with the votes of the adult judging panel to find the two winners for 2012. Classes from Hawkes Farm Primary School and Hitherfield Primary attended the awards ceremony, with Hawkes Farm pupils giving a special performance based on scenes from Michael Rosen’s biography Fantastic Mr Dahl and Hitherfield pupils sharing their thoughts on the shortlist through a specially-created film:

 

 

Michael on the fifth year of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize:

I'm very proud of the fact that this is the fifth year of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, an award I cooked up when I was Children's Laureate in order to celebrate books that make children laugh. That's five years worth of books which are written with fun and enjoyment in mind. We know that reading for pleasure is an engine for attainment and achievement in all walks of life. Children, parents, teachers, librarians and all concerned with reading can find a rich vein of books for all ages in the back lists of this Prize, and this year's shortlists and winners are engaging, fascinating and above all, very funny.

The funniest book for children aged seven to fourteen

  • Winner

    Dark Lord: The Teenage Years

    Jamie Thomson

    Illustrated by Freya Hartas

    Orchard Books

    The Dark Lord falls to earth, crash-landing in a suburban car park in the body of a teenage boy, spitting out poisonous mucus

Chair of Judges and author of Fantastic Mr Dahl, Michael Rosen comments on Dark Lord: Teenage Years

This is a wonderfully absurd take on beings from another planet or another world and like all books with this theme it makes us think about how odd and crazy we are.

The book also makes us do several 'double-takes' as we find ourselves asking whether this Dark Lord is a boy's imagination or if he's really from outer space. Winners of this Prize have to give us a great concept, laughs throughout and a great twist at the end, which does indeed come with an excellent reversal of expectations which I couldn't possibly divulge. Just be prepared to be reversed! And be warned, the word 'Goth' will never be the same again.

Dark Lord: Teenage Years is announced as the winner at the 2012 Roald Dahl Funny Prize ceremony:




Shortlist

  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

    Frank Cottrell Boyce

    Illustrated by Joe Berger

    Macmillan Children's Books
  • The Dragonsitter

    Josh Lacey

    Illustrated by Garry Parsons

    Andersen Press
  • Socks Are Not Enough

    Mark Lowery
    Scholastic
  • Goblins

    Philip Reeve
    Marion Lloyd Books
  • Dark Lord: The Teenage Years

    Jamie Thomson

    Illustrated by Freya Hartas

    Orchard Books
  • Gangsta Granny

    David Walliams

    Illustrated by Tony Ross

    HarperCollins Children's Books

The funniest book for children aged six and under

  • Winner

    My Big Shouting Day

    Rebecca Patterson
    Jonathan Cape

    Bella is having a Big Shouting Day: from morning until bedtime, she shouts and complains about everything from biscuits to baths.

Journalist and author Lucy Mangan on My Big Shouting Day:  

What can I say? It just made me laugh and laugh. Who HASN'T had - or, if you're a wretched grown up who is supposed to keep control of herself at all times, at least WANTED to have - a big shouting day? Who HASN'T just wanted to go to pieces when faced with 'the TERRIBLE EGG' or toothpaste that is just TOO minty? And then it has the lovely ending, when our heroine is exhausted and overcome with remorse but wakes up to a better day tomorrow.

My Big Shouting Day is announced as the winner at the 2012 Roald Dahl Funny Prize award ceremony:



Shortlist

  • The Pirates Next Door

    Jonny Duddle
    Templar Publishing
  • Oh No, George!

    Chris Haughton
    Walker Books
  • Stuck

    Oliver Jeffers
    HarperCollins Children's Books
  • The Worst Princess

    Anna Kemp

    Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

    Simon & Schuster
  • My Big Shouting Day

    Rebecca Patterson
    Jonathan Cape
  • The Baby That Roared

    Simon Puttock

    Illustrated by Nadia Shireen

    Nosy Crow

Judges

The Great British Bake Off and Light Lunch presenter Mel Giedroyc and journalist and author of The Reluctant Bride Lucy Mangan are two of the judges announced for the fifth year of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Joining them on the panel tasked with seeking out the funniest children’s books of 2012 are Liz Pichon, winner of the 2011 Prize for 7-14 years with The Brilliant World of Tom Gates, and Ed Vere, award-winning picture book author of Chick and Mr Big. Children’s book royalty and author of a new Roald Dahl biography – Fantastic Mr Dahl – Michael Rosen returns to lead this gloriumptious selection of human beans in their quest to find two splendiferous winners: for children aged 6 years and under, and children aged 7–14 years categories.


Michael Rosen comments:
‘Every bit of research that anyone does anywhere shows that 'reading for pleasure' has a huge effect on children's achievement. So this fantastic team of judges are not just mucking about having a laugh (which they are doing, by the way); they are doing the intensely serious job of seeking out hysterically funny books which will give children the biggest and best reasons for wanting to read, to read more, to read more and more and more. Hard work, but someone has to do it.’

 

Following on from last year, the Prize will see schools involved in the judging process. Around 250 pupils from across the UK have been selected to read the shortlisted titles, discuss with their classmates, and pick their favourite funny book in the relevant category for their age. Their votes will then be combined with the votes of the adult judging panel to find the two winners for 2012. Classes who participate will also win a chance to attend and perform at the award ceremony.

  • Liz Pichon

    Author of the Tom Gates series, and winner of the Blue Peter Book Awards Best Story 2013

About the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012

The Roald Dahl Funny Prize ran from 2008 to 2013, with the aims of promoting laughter and humour as a feel-good factor when reading, drawing attention to funny books as readable and enjoyable books, and rewarding authors and illustrators who write and illustrate books using humour. The Prize is currently on pause.

 

Books were awarded in two categories: Funniest Book for Children Aged Six and Under and Funniest Book for Children Aged Seven to Fourteen, with a shortlist of six titles in each category. The winner of each category received £2,500, which was presented at an awards ceremony, held in 2013 at the Cambridge Theatre in London, home to the Royal Shakespeare Company's multi award-winning production of Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical.

 

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We are not currently accepting entries to the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

 

For reference the 2013 terms & conditions and entry form are below.

 

Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 Terms and Conditions

Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 Entry Form

 

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